Cher has said that, despite battling severe illness for years before her death, Tina Turner was still enjoying life right up to her final moments.
The Goddess of Pop, 77, was speaking about the legendary late singer, who died at her home in Switzerland on Wednesday aged 83 after a long illness.
After a long, proud career that spanned six decades, the American singer, who had hits including The Best and Private Dancer, died ‘peacefully’.
In her final days, Cher says Turner was visited by her friends and family, saying that each of them would ‘take turns’ and visit her on a shift basis.
‘We would all take turns going and spending time with her and it made her happy. She was really happy.’
Speaking to MSNBC’s The Beat, she continued: ‘Someone said when you two laugh together it’s the funniest thing that you can ever possibly want to hear.’
‘We both have such distinct laughs,’ she added.
The Believe singer recalled that when she went to visit Turner in her final days, she found her happily lounging in the sun, looking out at a lake.
She continued: ‘Five hours later we were laughing like crazy and she wanted to get up and show everything she’d bought in her house.’
Later in the interview, Cher said Turner was ‘having a good time in spite of the fact that she was really sick and not wanting people to know about it.’
‘She had her dialysis machine in her house and so that’s how she was doing it.’
Having been friends with Turner for many years, Cher described the What’s Love Got to Do with It singer as ‘the perfect friend’.
She added: She’s one of the great artists in our generation, in rock n’ roll, there was no other person like her, there was no other person [like her].
‘She gave me lots of strength sometimes, and I gave her lots of strength too.’
It was revealed in Turner’s memoir My Love Story that she had considered assisted suicide after her kidneys began to fail.
‘I began to think about death. If my kidneys were going, and it was time for me to die, I could accept that. It was OK. When it’s time, it’s really time.’
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